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EPISODE 5: How to Escape the Cycle of Reactive Abuse

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Something we see often in our practice is when a person has been subjected to ongoing emotional abuse for years, they themselves begin to exhibit abusive behaviors towards the perpetrator.  In other words, the victim is now becoming abusive themself in response to the long-term abuse they have been subjected to.  This causes the perpetrator to feel even more justified in their behaviors with their “you do it too” and “I’m not the only one” attitude. In this video, Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Lenne’ Hunt discuss this phenomenon called reactive abuse and what to do if you find yourself becoming more and more reactive, a person you no longer recognize.

 

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